Slow Down Your Leadership

There’s an old African proverb that says, “alone we go fast, together we go far.” You might get things done quickly, but if you’re not giving away leadership to willing and awesome leaders on your team, you’ll find that the only place you’re headed is burnout. And you’ll get there real fast. Try these three…

Don’t Kill Yourself – Volunteers are Key

Volunteers… We don’t always have them but we need them. I have been in Youth Ministry for a little over 4 years now and for about the first 3 years I thought that everything was my responsibility. I did three lessons a week, scheduled a meal sign up sheet and made contact with whoever was…

Streamlining Church Communications

I was talking to a friend in our Facebook community and he added the title “Church Communications Director” to his title. That got me thinking about my time as a communications director for a global missions organization. If you are in a similar situation, below are some tips that will help your ministry be productive…

Career vs. Calling: Making It Clear

We just wrapped up our Roundtable Tuesday and had a great discussion on Youth Ministry and the differences between Career and Calling. I wanted to follow up and write a little more about what I believe. Calling I truly believe that all Christ-followers are called into ministry. When you follow Christ he calls you to minister…

Passion of Presence

Have you ever been in a conversation that is engaging? You are talking and listening back and forth. But, something happens in the moment. It is that moment when their voice starts sounding like a car engine and just like that, your mind is now in a race car speeding down the track! One of…

Homosexuality, Christianity, and Student Ministry

Disclaimer: Before we can begin talking about this I have to put my cards on the table with where I stand and what I believe the scriptures tell us on this topic. If you fundamentally disagree with what the next paragraph says then this post will be meaningless to you and maybe even offensive. However,…

The Prosperity Gospel and Youth Ministry

If you’ve been around Christianity for any amount of time, you have no doubt been exposed to the Prosperity Gospel.  This “health and wealth” version of the Word of God started as a movement around 1940, and has taken various forms and nuances ever since.  In short, this “gospel” says that God wants all devoted…

Why Do They Do That? [VIDEO]

Sitting home with a fever, about nine thousand Halls Breezers, green tea, and coffee, I decided to see if there were any TED Talks on the main page that caught my attention.  For those of you that don’t know, let me take a few sentences to drastically improve your life.  TED Talks are lectures on…

Being Available To Students

40 hours a week just does not seem like enough time to get everything done with my youth ministry. Pizza parties and paintballing with students is wonderful building time with students, but it requires coordinating rides, advertising, getting the volunteers, and ensuring everyone has fun. Then you have youth group, small groups, discipleship time, planning…